A revolution in the sharing of knowledge…

Transforming e-Knowledge
TABLE OF CONTENTS     Infrastructures, Processes, Capabilities, and Cultures   © SCUP 2003
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Value on Investment (VOI) — A New Benchmark (continued)



Chapter 5

Infrastructures, Processes, Capabilities, and Cultures

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Knowledge management is becoming a key issue in enterprises that are successfully engaging in e-learning and in the archiving of research. Over the past few years, educational and training programs have made substantial progress in digitizing course materials for use in their learning management systems, aided by learning management system providers like WebCT and Click2learn. Successive advances in e-learning standards have been reflected in the interoperability framework for reusable content (SCORM) developed through the ADL Initiative and the ADL Co-Labs. These advances are making it possible to develop institutional data repositories that will enable the repurposing, combination, reuse, and exchange of data. These enterprise repositories will evolve from basic learning objects to include research, presentations, white papers, tradecraft, and other tacit knowledge. These repositories are part of the emergence of new, cross-cutting channels for sharing learning content that will be an important element in the reinvention of current models for publishing, textbooks, trade books, and other off-the-shelf content. These channels will enable the combination and repurposing of content held by different enterprises, publishers, learning content management systems and digital content repositories in general.


Such initiatives are the precursors of meta-marketplaces that will span industries — education, publishing, learning management, associations, and professional societies — to create broad-based exchange of e-content and tacit knowledge through communities of practice. These meta-marketplaces will be driven by the aggregate power of consumers who will be empowered to support the business models and practices needed to serve their needs.

This is not just an issue for major research universities, R&D driven corporations, and research laboratories. Digital asset management and knowledge management will be important contributors to value for most enterprises as they develop their infrastructures. They will enable enterprises to personalize and enhance learning experiences, reduce the cost of digitized content, leverage e-knowledge resources, access previously unavailable sources of content and context, open new marketplaces for the enterprise’s e-content, and establish their competitive position.



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  Perhaps most importantly, institutions and their constituent groups would be empowered collectively as consumers in the digital content market.
Patrick McElroy